(January 11, 1856 - December 3, 1941)A Norwegian composer and pianist of great talent; Christian Sinding was second to the brilliant Grieg in his time. He studied music throughout his school years; he took violin lessons with Gudbrand Bøhn and music theory classes with L.M. Lindeman. It was in 1874 when Christian Sinding ventured down the educational path of Edvard Grieg by taking up studies in Leipzig. In Leipzig, it became well-defined that composition was Sinding’s respectable talent, and so he graciously gave up the studies of violin in pursue of this new and preferable endeavor.
Sinding produced large amounts of composition which were thoroughly influenced by the amazing works of Liszt, Schumann, Strauss, and, even Wagner. He had created well-orchestrated and beautiful orchestral compositions for four symphonies and three violin concertos, not to mention a lovely piano concerto. He also composed a wide range of music for chamber groups. His range was from piano and string quintets, to piano trios, and even a very intriguing series of unique works for violin and piano, and for cello and piano. Let us not forget about his Suite of unaccompanied violin.
Let us shift focus slightly from Sinding’s orchestral and Chamber music compositions, to this Norwegian composer’s piano works. Mostly in this genre, Sinding’s phenomenal works consist of a shorter pieces, and one particular piano work of Sinding’s, his Sonata Op. 91, is often placed in present repertoire (along with others of his memorable works).
Sinding, a musical genius, has composed a plethora of expressive works. But what may surprise you is that a hefty chunk of his compositions, songs, and chordal works, were left unpublished. Wait, what? Indeed, it is a sad truth.
Dispite residing for the majority of his life in Germany, Sinding kept classic Norwegian elements in his music. And interestingly enough, the Norwegian government gave him habitual grants (from 1880), which in 1910 became his annual pension. And six years later (1916) the Norwegian government gave Sinding a grant of 30,000 crowns, in recognition of being the "greatest national composer since Grieg."
Sinding even taught at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York during the academic year of 1920 - 1921. Thereafter he settled in Oslo where he remained centered in Norway for the remaining of his long life.
Some of the many compositions by Sinding:
•The Rustle of Spring
•Suite, Op. 10: III: Tempo giusto
•Romance for violin and orchestra, op. 100
•Mormorio di primavera